While bummed-out, tired, and immobilized by sickness I concocted a journey of non-physical sorts... a mental journey that will take extreme dedication and passionate pursuit... or neither, but nonetheless, I give you installment one of "Coast to Coast Musical Road Trip". Simple premise: a new state and musical discoveries therein every week. It's a humble exploration, and as such, please feel free to post other awesome findings in the comments section. Lets start with California.
Many of you already know that I love this Bay Area band, and who wouldn't? Texture, rhythmic dynamics, great melodies, and one heck of a live show... I really can't understand why the world isn't flipping out over the simple question. check it out
Though the caption on his myspace page claims the project as "Tiny, scrappy investments in melody & arrangement", John Ringhofer is the man behind - what I would call - mini-masterpieces. His music refuses to leave my stereo... rightfully so. One minute I'm completely cracking up over a cartoon trombone slide and the next, lamenting in repentance with an early 80's omnichord angel... all throughout, marveling at the compelling arrangement and melodies that hum themselves in my brain for weeks at a time. Don't know what I'm talking about?check it out.
I don't know much about this guy, but I saw him perform with my friend Bill and a radical surprise known as Brenmar (which I'll hopefully talk about at length later) a few weeks ago at Ronnie's here in Chicago. I was sold on Bizzart once he called the audience into a screaming huddle overtop of a sparse floor tom. check it out
As many have noted, the music of Xiu Xiu has a polarizing effect on nearly everyone that gives it a chance. My introduction to the world of Xiu was with the record La Foret, which really challenged me. There are a few moments of tangible (in the standard sense) melody, but otherwise, the project generally tends to point toward deconstruction. Sometimes the songs even seem to subvert their possible pop elements and obscure them intentionally to explore their potential territory more fully. That rules. You are constantly faced with a sense of the possible with Xiu Xiu. I found myself really digging the sounds on La Foret, which led to a love for the songs, which led to seeing them live... to this day it remains one of the most compelling performances I've ever seen. check it out
Woohoo! This stuff sounds great to me. The group features Nedelle of... well... Nedelle (and also Curtains). And Chris Cohen previously of Deerhoof and The Curtains. Not sure if the Curtains are still playing, but one thing that I do know is that Cryptacize has a new record coming out in 2008 and from the sounds of these two tracks, it's going to be pretty stinkin' righteous. They're heading out on tour pretty soon. Show some love! check it out
My friend Marah (props) turned me on to these L.A. folks. I'm really interested in the recording sound. I think the songs are really great and I'd love to see them live. check it out